Sep 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On his Wednesday General Audience, held this morning in St. Peter's Square in the presence of 20,000 people, Pope Benedict encouraged the faithful to “continually model our image on that of the Son of God."
Sep 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The fifteenth economic forum promoted by the Study Institute for Eastern Europe opens this evening in Krynica, Poland, on the theme "European Challenges: the model and frontiers of Europe."
Sep 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a gathering with priests of the Archdiocese of Washington DC, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick announced that Pope Benedict XVI has asked him to remain Archbishop of Washington despite the 75-year old’s offer of retirement.
Sep 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Last evening, the California state legislature became the first legislative body in the U.S. to approve a bill allowing for same-sex marriage--a move that has shocked many religious and pro-family groups around the state.
Gallup poll shows Americans overwhelmingly interested in Robert’s abortion stance; Fr. Pavone ‘not surprised’Sep 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A recent Gallup poll showed that Americans are more interested in Supreme Court Chief Justice nominee John Robert’s stance on abortion than in any other issue, a finding which Fr. Frank Pavone, head of Priests for Life does not find surprising.
Sep 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Tucson plans to incorporate its 74 parishes and missions as independent nonprofit corporations by April.
Sep 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Religious communities of consecrated men and women have had to leave their missions in the Gulf Coast region and move to higher ground. Hurricane Katrina pummeled the region last week, destroying their homes, retreat centers and other institutions.
Sep 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Nathan March is part of the largest class of seminarians in the Maine since 1995. He and four others expect be ordained for the Diocese of Portland in just two short years, reports the Associated Press. Another three ordinations are slated for the following year.
Sep 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Muslim organizers of an inter-religious symposium in Antioch, Turkey, have expressed their intention to invite Pope Benedict XVI to the gathering later this month, reported AsiaNews.
Sep 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Weeks before it hits bookstores, the Spanish translation of the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church has already become a best-seller in Spain. The Bishops’ Conference in that country reports that 20,000 copies have already been ordered.
Sep 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In order to mark Brazil’s Independence Day on September 7, the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil is releasing a statement calling for “radical reform of the current political system.”
Sep 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A judge in the Spanish city of Burgos has questioned the constitutionality of a request by two lesbians to contract marriage, arguing that the heterosexuality of the couple is an implicit requirement in Article 32 of the country’s Constitution.